Efforts to save a special bird – the spoon-billed sandpiper
Last year an international team of ornithologists devised a bold plan to rescue one of the world’s rarest birds. Gerrit Vyn reports.
A. At first glance the spoon-billed sandpiper resembles other small migratory birds of the sandpiper family that breed across the Arctic. But Q1 it is the only one to have developed a flattened bill that flares out into a ‘spoon’ at the end, and that makes it special.